Julian Zelizer: The U.S. census is a crucial tool used for apportionment and redistricting. He says the Trump administration sought to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 count. Zelizer says the Census Bureau reported that Black, Hispanic and Native Americans were undercounted at higher levels in 2020 compared with 2010. The accuracy of the census depends in no small part on its credibility, which has been severely damaged. Congress should work quickly to insulate it from political interference, he says, and a bill should be introduced to ensure it is fair and accurate. It would restrict the number of political appointees, bar the removal of a bureau director without just cause.
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